A fe w weeks before Christmas 2015, Garry Cluley received a letter he was not expecting from KP Yohannan, founder and inter- national director of
Gospel for Asia (GFA), one of the world’s
largest Christian mission agencies.
Cluley, who lives in Durham, Ont., had
been a board member of Gospel for Asia
Canada since 2013, and a personal sup-
porter of the organization since 2002.
Rumours and allegations were swirling
around GFA in the U.S. at the time, about
the alleged mistreatment of staff, and
significant questions were being raised
about GFA’s financial management of
donations. Cluley raised the issues at a
Canadian board meeting, recommending
the organization deal with the allegations
Cluley requested to review GFA Canada’s joint ministry agreement and audited financial statements to ensure that
even as their American counterparts were
facing allegations, that all was well on the
Canadian end of the charity.
These requests, according to Cluley,
kicked off “an amazing sequence of events.”
The next morning he received a termination notice signed by KP Yohannan. “It
said that it was time to get new members,
but I had only been on the board two
years. Meanwhile, the secretary of the
board had been there for many years. It
did not make sense,” says Cluley.
The retired RCMP officer is not the only
Canadian board member who says they
were let go for asking difficult questions.
“I raised flags with them,” says another
ex-board member, who requested Faith
Today not use his name in this article (see
sidebar on anonymous sources, p. 39).
Gospel for Asia Canada denies wrongdoing in
response to allegations of spiritual abuse and
financial mismanagement BY KAREN STILLER